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Career Development Center Presentation: Keven Quintero | Graduate Admissions Coordinator. Considering Grad School?. Session Agenda. Who Are We and What Are Our Services The Future. The Career Development Center. Individual appointments with Career Counselors Resumes Applications

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career development center presentation keven quintero graduate admissions coordinator
Career Development Center Presentation:

Keven Quintero | Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Considering Grad School?

session agenda
Session Agenda
  • Who Are We and What Are Our Services
  • The Future
the career development center
The Career Development Center
  • Individual appointments with Career Counselors
    • Resumes
    • Applications
    • Cover Letters
    • Interview Preparation
    • Internships
    • Graduate School
    • Targeting Your Dream Job
  • Monday – Friday
  • 8:00 – 4:30
  • Drop in Hours no appointment necessary:
  • W-TH, 1:00-3:00
  • Wednesday Evenings open until 6:30
  • We are here to help – Top Floor University Center
  • 570-422-3219


-An interactive interview event to select the right candidate for a hiring opportunity

APRIL 15th 5:00-6:30

the future
The Future
  • There will be 55 million job openings through 2020

24 million new jobs

31 million due to baby boom retirements

  • 35% of job openings will require a bachelor’s degree
  • Fastest growing industries - STEM, Healthcare Professions, Healthcare Support and Community Services

Will require high levels of post-secondary education

  • The U.S. will fall short by 5 million workers with postsecondary educations by 2020 at the current production rate
average salary by discipline
Average Salary by Discipline

NACE Salary Outlook 2014/Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook

reasons to go
Reasons to Go…..
  • Intellectual interest
  • Money
  • Vocational interest
free money
Free Money…..
  • Teaching Assistantships
  • Research/Graduate Assistantships
  • Fellowships
  • Grants
application checklist
Application Checklist
  • Take appropriate standardized graduate admissions tests
  • Forwards scores to schools of interest
  • Obtain letters of recommendations
  • Obtain original transcripts
  • Draft, rewrite, polish statement of purpose
  • Send materials to schools
additional requirements items
Additional Requirements/Items
  • Writing Sample
  • Clinical Hours
  • International Applicants
  • Interviews
  • It is what it is!!
  • Obtain transcripts - learn your worst grade, worst semester, worst class
  • GPA in Major vs. GPA Overall
  • Long-term indicator of your performance as a student
  • Reflects motivation & ability to do good or bad work
  • Masters program requires a GPA of 3.0 or 3.3
  • Doctoral programs require minimum GPA’s 3.3 or 3.5
  • Admission committees look at courses taken
  • Look at overall GPA and the relevant program courses
  • Standardized exams GRE, MCAT, LSAT & GMAT for comparisons
what if i have a low gpa
What if I Have A Low GPA?
  • Take high quality courses
  • Take more classes
  • Take summer classes
  • Consider delaying graduation with an extra semester
  • After graduation take a few graduate courses to show aptitude
how to get the best letters of recommendation
How To Get The Best Letters Of Recommendation
  • Build relationships over time
  • Be nice!
  • Start in SEPTMEBER
  • Have your transcripts/resume ready to familiarize them with your performance
  • The reference may take it upon themselves to call the person directly
  • KEEP IN TOUCH…don’t burn your bridges!
statement of purpose
Statement of Purpose
  • The most important document of your Graduate application
  • Can be 300, 500 or 750 words
  • The Statement of Purpose required by graduate schools is probably the hardest thing you will ever write
  • Through the essay you will speak to the committee and demonstrate your unique fit to the program
  • Incidentally, the statement of purpose may also be called an Application Essay, Objectives for Graduate Study, Personal Background, Cover Letter, or some comparable title
essay do s
Essay Do’s
  • Prepare an outline and create a draft
  • Answer all the questions being asked
  • Make sure your essay has a theme or a thesis
  • Provide evidence to support your claims
  • Speak in the first person (I)
  • Make your introduction unique
  • Write clearly and make sure it is easy to read
  • Be honest, confident, and be yourself
  • Be interesting and positive
  • Make sure your essay is organized, coherent, and concise
  • Write about yourself and use examples from your own life experiences
essay do s1
Essay Do’s
  • Use a mixture of long and short sentences
  • Discuss your future goals
  • Mention any hobbies, past jobs, community service, or research experience
  • Mention weaknesses without making excuses
  • Discuss why you're interested in the school and/or program
  • Show, don’t tell (Use examples to demonstrate your abilities
  • Ask for help
  • Proofread and revise your statement at least 3 times
  • Have others proofread your essay
essay s don ts
Essay’s Don’ts
  • Becoming increasingly popular/preferred
  • Replacing objective statement
  • Replaces the “this is what I want” objective statement with a “this is the value that I offer” branding statement Have any grammar or spelling errors. (Proofread!)
  • Be wordy or use jargon (don’t try to impress the readers by using big words)
  • Swear or use slang
  • Digress or be repetitive
  • Be boring
  • Generalize
  • Include clichés
  • Use gimmicks
  • Be comical (a little humor is okay but remember it can be misconstrued)
essay s don ts1
Essay’s Don’ts
  • Be defensive or arrogant
  • Complain
  • Preach
  • Have your essay focus too much on other individuals
  • Discuss politics or religion
  • Give excuses for a low GPA
  • Make lists of accomplishments, awards, skills, or personal qualities (Show, don’t tell)
  • Write a term paper or an autobiography
  • Summarize your resume
  • Include information already cited on the application
statement of purpose example boring


  • First Sentence is the most important. Be creative.
  • The following sentences should provide a brief explanation that supports the claim made in the first sentence.
  • I am applying to the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at the University of Utah because I believe my writing will blossom at your program since it is a place where I will be challenged and I can hone my writing skills.
  • I am honored to apply for the Master of Library Science program at the University of Utah because as long as I can remember I have had a love affair with books. Since I was eleven I have known I wanted to be a librarian.
statement of purpose example hook
  • I am honored to apply for the Master of Library Science program at the University of Utah because as long as I can remember I have had a love affair with books. Since I was eleven I have known I wanted to be a librarian.
  • When I was eleven, my great-aunt Gretchen passed away and left me something that changed my life: a library of about five thousand books. Some of my best days were spent arranging and reading her books. Since then, I have wanted to be a librarian.
the body
The Body
  • Usually 3 paragraphs providing detailed evidence supporting the intro statement
  • Each paragraph should have a transition statement to start & a resolution statement to end
  • Include experiences, accomplishments or other evidence to support claims
  • Short summary of educational background is appropriate in first paragraph
  • Do not repeat application information
  • Last paragraph should explain why you should be accepted
the conclusion
The Conclusion
  • Last paragraph of your personal statement
  • State why you are interested in studying the subject of interest
  • State key points mentioned in the body in a conclusive & brief manner (accomplishments, experiences)
  • End on a positive note with 1-2 attention grabbing sentences
  • Apply for acceptance in SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER
  • Be sure to check for open or “rolling” admissions

Thank You

Kevin F. Quintero

Graduate College

154 Zimbar-Liljenstein Hall